On the Road – A spec-fiction-prompt break.

Some of you might remember my hectic October when my brother and I were responding to our parents’ emergency health challenges. Since then, we’ve been trying to find senior housing near us and a spot finally opened up. Months of waiting flipped overnight into a flurry of urgent activity.

Not a happy cat!

I’ll be flying to Colorado tomorrow to pack their house, make trips to the dump, talk to a realtor, arrange for a UHaul, move my parents (and their cats!), and get them settled into their new apartment a thousand miles from the place they call home. The to-do dragon is a mile long and will surely grow horns and a tail.

Needless to say, this is going to take a few weeks. I’m practicing serenity as well as making time to accomplish my tasks with patience, care, and kindness.

I have posts prescheduled in order to finish sharing March’s Speculative Fiction stories and poems. I’m going to close comments, so please click through to the writers’ sites to comment on the stories.

We’ll wrap up the Ninny Rhino challenge with a blog party (you’re all invited), and I’ve got some lovely blog shares planned as well as a couple reposts. You won’t even notice that I’m gone. Lol.

With all this going on, I’ve decided not to post a prompt for April (sigh). I just wouldn’t be able to give it the proper attention it requires.

But, we’ll resume in May – so get your steampunk hats on!

I’ll be visiting and checking in as I’m able. Happy Writing and have a few wonderful weeks of spring (or autumn). Peace ❀

106 thoughts on “On the Road – A spec-fiction-prompt break.

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    Well Diane it is no wonder April is being skipped. I am surprised May isn’t too. I wish you well and shall not envy you. If you need more time … just take it we will not forsake you. Good luck and I hope they settle easily for everyones sake.

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  2. Teri Polen says:

    Hope all goes smoothly, Diana!

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  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Best wishes, Diana. I’m late to this post, so I’m guessing you are knee-deep into that to-do list by now. I hope the transition goes as smoothly as possible!

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  4. Mahika says:

    Also , thank you for reading my blog !! You have a wonderful flair of conveying !!

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  5. A long to-do list indeed! Take care of yourself as well, Diana! This sort of thing is stressful, so don’t skimp on taking breaks to recharge. Good luck, and let us know things went well!

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  6. Safe travels. Wish you all the best.

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  7. Jennie says:

    Best to you, Diana. Safe travels, and hold onto your energy and sanity!

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  8. Widdershins says:

    Take the time you need to grieve this change yourself … and drink lots of water. πŸ™‚ … see you on the other side.

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  9. Jackie says:

    Do what you have to do and I hope your parents adjust well to the change.

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  10. Peace be with you, Diana. What a whirlwind of activity but in the end will be so much easier for you to have your parents closer. The cats, however, may be a handful. Hugs!

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  11. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, my thoughts are with you all!❀️ It’s a lot for your parents and for you as well … may the move go smoothly and I hope they settle happily into their new apartment. Take good care of yourself and each other! Love & hugs xx

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    • Thank you, Annika. I’m off in just a couple of hours. I’m sure all will go well as long as we take the journey slowly. My brother is helping, so between the two of us, we got this. Thanks so much for the love and hugs. Have a beautiful spring! ❀

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  12. Take care of YOU throughout all this, lovely one. πŸ€—β€οΈ

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Diana, you have your hands full for sure, but this is great news after it’s all done and your parents will be closer to you. You are a warrior woman, you’ve got this! ❀

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  14. mylilplace says:

    Diana, I wish you only the very best and please take good care, my friend.

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    • Thank you! We’re going to take parts of this move super slow and parts super efficient! BTW, I’m reblogging “Foxtrot in the Kitchen” in early April. I just love that post, and in all this time, haven’t forgotten about it. πŸ™‚ Happy Spring, my friend.

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      • mylilplace says:

        Please remember to take breaks in between. We are all thinking of you and your mom. Stay safe and get back safely. You are so sweet to offer to reblog…I am just speechless, to be honest. It’s a real honor for me, Diana. Just the fact that you remember the story means the world to me. Take good care, my friend.

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  15. areilly88 says:

    Wishing you all my best as you navigate these rough waters ❀️

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  16. Sending love and prayers for all as you help your parents make the move…

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  17. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, It’s good to know your parents will be closer to you. I think about that as I age, and I’ll move closer to my sons in WA when it’s time. Energy and good thoughts for you during this challenging move.🏑 Rest stops are a must. And a good book for you! πŸ“š Christine

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  18. joylennick says:

    Will be thinking of you, Diana. Such a lot of hard and emotional work ahead. Happy landings for you all and the felines. xx

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  19. Sending you and your family a big hug…I hope it goes smoothly for all…I know they’ll love being closer to you and the cats will settle in once they find their cozy spots. Take good care, Diana!

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  20. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    Cant wait for another postπŸ€—

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  21. balroop2013 says:

    Wishing you all the best Diana. Love and hugs for being a loving daughter. Parents never say but they need those who care around them. I am sure they are going to like being near. Stay blessed dear friend, we’ll miss you.

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  22. Best wishes with the move Diana, it’ll be a relief once it’s done, and your parents (and cats!) are settled close by πŸ™‚

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    • It definitely will be a relief. They’ll be a short drive away instead of a flight. So I’ll be able to see them (and their cats!) much more frequently. Lol. Thanks for the kind wishes, Louise. I’ll be back full time soon. πŸ™‚

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  23. Sarah says:

    All the best to you and your parents, Diana! Sending you lots of energy and good vibes for a smooth move! Take care! ❀

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  24. You are a good daughter and must be a wonderful blessing to your folks. Keep calm and centred and all will flow as it must – safe travels. Oh, PS most wise to miss a month, it will keep us salivating wanting more xo

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    • Thanks, Pauline. I have a lot of patience and big muscles (lol), so no problem. We’re doing the actual journey in small bits so my parents don’t get over-tired, and then I’ll hang around and make sure they’re comfortably settled. All good stuff. And yes, I couldn’t post a prompt for April – that would have been insane! Happy Creating, my friend. ❀

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  25. Safe travels and I hope things go well!

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  26. It will be nice to have your parents nearby, Diana. Hope the move goes well!

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  27. memadtwo says:

    Good luck Diana. I’ve been through this…meditation is necessary. But I’m so glad they get to take the cats! (K)

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  28. ThΓͺa says:

    I hope everything will go smoothly and nice. Just don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Want you back whole and sane! πŸ€ͺ😁❀️

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  29. ghostmmnc says:

    Wishing you, your family, and the cats the best with the upcoming move. πŸ™‚

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  30. You’ll be very busy, but you’re doing a good thing. Traumatic time for your parents. They will get used to the change and find happiness.

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  31. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    Good luck🌸

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  32. Dawn D says:

    Good luck with the move! Always an emotional time for all around. Sending you positive energy for strength, patience, humour and love.
    ❀️❀️
    Xx

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    • I know it’s emotional for my parents, Dawn, but it’s time. It was time two years ago, honestly, as they are quite weak now. But all good and they don’t need to do anything but watch me pack and keep me company. Thanks for the sweet thoughts. ❀

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  33. My sister and I spent a week packing up my mothers house in Ireland. It took so long because we discovered old photos and memento’s and would pour a drink and sit down and share memories for an hour or two and then get back to work. Trust your packing will go faster. Good luck.

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    • We’re going to be disciplined about packing, Len. With my parents nearer, we’re hoping to browse the family treasures with them during the months to come. I’ll be doing a lot of driving, but less flying!

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  34. Good idea, crazy lady! (I mean that with all fondness.)

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  35. Best wishes for a smooth transition for your parents Diana.

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  36. trentpmcd says:

    Doesn’t sound fun. Ihope all goes well and see you in May πŸ™‚

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  37. Wishing you and your family the best!

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  38. The V Pub says:

    Moving is difficult enough when it’s close, I can’t imagine 1000 miles away. Best of luck!!!

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    • Once the cats are situated, the hardest part is going to be navigating the trip with two wheelchairs. πŸ™‚ But I’ll leave plenty of time and wear my project manager’s hat! Thanks for the luck, Rob. I take a little of that. ❀

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  39. Almost Iowa says:

    Good luck and take care.

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  40. Jordy says:

    Good luck with everything, Diana. Blessings to you and your familyπŸ’—

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  41. Solitaire says:

    Good luck and the very best Diana!❀️

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  42. All the best with moving your parents, Diana. I am sure you will get everything done and be glad when it is all over.

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  43. I understand something of what this is like. I hope all goes as smoothly as possible

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  44. Wishing you all the best, Diana. I just went through this with my parents back in December. Be safe and don’t worry about us. You’ve done an amazing job with the speculative fiction prompts…we appreciate you. ❀

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  45. Take care of yourself! Breaks are a good idea, and knowing limits is so important.

    If anyone is upset or left simply too bereft, I thought I’d remind everyone that April is the poem month! If you need a prompt to follow or things to do, consider doing NaPoWriMo or giving it a good whirl.

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